Creative Christmas candy

Monday, December 15, 2008

This is so much fun for the kids to do but I always end up eating the candy while we’re working…

What you’ll need:

Assorted candies
Royal frosting

To make edible Christmas ornaments glue whatever candies you choose together with royal frosting. Use a piece of yarn as an ornament ‘hook’. You can make wreaths out of lifesavers for example. Let the kids imaginations run wild and create their own masterpieces. There will probably even be some you won’t want to eat because they turned out so nicely. You can also use royal frosting to glue candies onto your gingerbread men or gingerbread houses. It dries hard and is an excellent glue!

To make stained glass candy (or stained glass windows for that gingerbread house) use different flavors of jolly ranchers. Generously spray down metal cookie cutters in desired shapes with non stick cooking spray and place them about 2 inches apart from each other on a cookie sheet. Place several unwrapped jolly ranchers into each cookie cutter. How many depends on the size the cookie cutter is and how thick you want the candy to be. If you want it thick use more. Place in a 350 degree oven for 6 minutes. If you've used a lot of candy increase the time. Watch carefully and if it starts running out from underneath the cutters take them out of the oven. Remove from oven and let cool. Pick up the cookie cutters and gently break off any candy that is on the outside of them. Now gently push the candy out of the cutter. Ta da! This is really neat I think.

Royal frosting

What you’ll need:

2 c powdered sugar
2 tsp meringue powder
4 Tbl water

Whisk all ingredients together. Use immediately. Store any unused product in the refrigerator up to 4 days.

Cost:
candy - $5.00
powdered sugar - $1.69
meringue powder - $1.89
Total - $6.88

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